After just three hours of play here on Day 4 of Event #58: $1,111 Little One for One Drop, Brian Yoon has defeated seven other competitors to take down the gold bracelet and $663,727 in prize money. He just knocked out Cuong Van Nguyen on the 11th hand of heads up. Van Nguyen will have to console himself with $408,624.
Player wasted no time jamming chips into the middle to start the day, when Van Nguyen doubled through Alex Case on the very first hand. Case was eliminated a short time later. Kevin O'Donnell followed just a few hands later in seventh. Joe Morneau busted sixth when he couldn't hold off Yoon's draw.
Yoon jammed another draw a short time later, this time against Day 3 chipleader Nghi Tran. He spiked his straight on the turn, propelling him to a dominating stack. A crippled Tran busted a short time later.
The players sparred four-handed for awhile before Yoon claimed another victim, ousting Justin Zaki in a flip. Roland Israelashvili fell the very next hand in third, leading to the short heads-up battle.
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Hand #118: Cuong Van Nguyen raised to 450,000, and Brian Yoon shipped all in. Van Nguyen made the call for around 3 million.
The flop came , and Yoon was suddenly a bit behind and in danger of being in an even-stacked heads-up match. The turn was a , which changed nothing.
"Seven!" yelled one of Van Nguyen's greedy railbirds. Instead, the river was the , and Yoon had spiked one of the cards he needed to take down the tournament.
Hand #112: Cuong Van Nguyen shoved on the button and Brian Yoon folded his big blind
Hand #113: Brian Yoon raised to 325,000 on the button, Cuong Van Nguyen defended his big blind, then check-folded to a bet from Yoon on the flop.
Hand #114: Brian Yoon received a walk.
Hand #115: Brian Yoon raised to 325,000 on the button and Cuong Van Nguyen folded his big blind.
Hand #116: Brian Yoon received another walk.
Hand #117: Brian Yoon raised to 325,000 on the button and Cuong Van Nguyen defended his big blind. The flop came down and Van Nguyen check-called 350,000 from Yoon to see the turn. It was more of the same as Van Nguyen check-called 600,000 from Yoon this time, landing the river. Both checked and Yoon tabled for two pair, Van Nguyen mucked, and Yoon took down the pot.
|Cuong Van Nguyen||US||3,000,000||-2,000,000|
Hand #108: Cuong Van Nguyen moved all in, Brian Yoon folded.
Hand #109: Brian Yoon raised to 325,000, and Van Nguyen pushed all in again. Yoon folded.
Hand #110: Yoon again folded to an all in. This time, Van Nguyen showed .
Hand #111: Yoon raised to 325,000, and Van Nguyen continued his aggressive strategy with another shove. Yoon folded.
Hand #107: Brian Yoon raised to 325,000 in the cutoff (there was a dead small blind), and Roland Israelashvili jammed from the big blind for about 2.2 million. Yoon called.
The board ran out , and Israelashvili bowed out in third.
|Cuong Van Nguyen||US||5,000,000||1,200,000|
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Hand #103: Roland Israelashvili received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #104: Brian Yoon received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #105: Roland Israelashvili shoved on the button for about 2.3 million and took down the pot.
Hand #106: Brian Yoon raised on the button to 325,000 and Justin Zaki three-bet to 850,000 from the big blind. Yoon four-bet shoved and Zaki called all in for about 3.4 million with , racing with Yoon's .
The flop came down , pairing Yoon and leaving Zaki drawing thin. The turn was no help to Zaki, nor was the river, ending his run in fourth place.
Hand #95: Brian Yoon took the pot with a preflop raise.
Hand #96: Justin Zaki raised to 325,000 from the button, and he took the pot.
Hand #97: Yoon raised to 350,000 from the small blind, and Cuong Van Nguyen came back with 1,050,000 in the big blind. Yoon let it go.
Hand #98: Yoon took it down with a raise to 350,000 from the button.
Hand #99: Zaki raised to 400,000 from the small blind. He won the pot.
Hand #100: Roland Israelashvili jammed from the small blind, and Yoon folded.
Hand #101: Yoon raised to 350,000 from the small blind, and Van Nguyen called him. The flop came , and Yoon took the pot with a continuation-bet of 350,000.
Hand #102: Zaki got a walk.
|Cuong Van Nguyen||US||3,800,000||295,000|
Hand #87: Cuong Van Nguyen raised on the button and collected the blinds and antes.
Hand #88: Brian Yoon received a walk.
Hand #89: Brian Yoon raised to 350,000 in the small blind and took down the pot.
Hand #90: Cuong Van Nguyen raised to 460,000 from the small blind and earned the pot.
Hand #91: Brian Yoon raised to 325,000 in the cutoff and received no action.
Hand #92: Brian Yoon received a walk.
Hand #93: Brian Yoon raised to 350,000 in the small blind and took down the pot.
Hand #94: Roland Israelashvili shoved from the cutoff and received no action.
|Blinds||80,000 / 160,000|
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